Please join Dave Rodney, MLA Calgary-Lougheed for his Alberta Issues Meeting
October 25, 2016 7pm-9pm
Woodcreek Community Hall
1991 Woodview Drive S.W. (Woodlands)
Top: Thanks to all volunteers at our Annual MLA Picnic in Fish Creek Park, & to the hundreds of Calgary-Lougheed residents who sampled Spolumbo’s!
Middle: As PC Advocate for Advanced Education, Wellness, & Indigenous Rel’s,
I am very interested in your suggestions in each of these areas, & in all ministries!
Bottom: Remembrance/Every Day--“Lest we forget!” (Evergreen LDS/Canada Day,
Military PTSD Climb/Mount Buller, “Heroes Behind the Heroes”/Spruce Meadows)
Southwest Calgary Ringroad Update:
Premier Peter Lougheed began planning for the Calgary ring road decades ago--& for 12 years I have been humbled & honoured to work with our previous gov’t to successfully negotiate the historic agreement with the T’suu Tina Nation--so I am very pleased to see this extremely important transportation infrastructure project taking shape. Vision & foresight--along with significant provincial investment over the years--has made this vital highway possible. AB Transportation has entered into an interim agreement with Mountain View Partners; & this allows them to undertake preliminary work on the SWCRR in advance of signing the long-term project agreement. This early work allows contractors to get started on critical items such as utility relocations & other preliminary works necessary for the project. Community members may see crews & equipment on site for this spec- work. The full long-term agreement with Mountain View Partners was to be executed this fall. The SWCRR involves construction from Highway 8 to Macleod Trail SE, & includes reconstruction of Glenmore Tr- from Sarcee Tr- to east of 37th St- SW. The project includes 31 km’s of 6 & 8 lane divided highway, 14 interchanges, a flyover, a railway crossing flyover, & 3 river crossings. The NDP is following the plan laid out by the former PC gov’t, & it shows the value of the P3 model: it is currently under budget due to lower costs for labour & materials. The deadline for completion of the roadway from Hwy 22 to Glenmore Tr- is 2022; & I will continue to do all I can to ensure that happens—early & under budget, if at all possible!
Problems I hoped I would never see in AB:
While the NDP Gov’t does not control the price of oil, it certainly controls its policy reaction to it; & that’s the problem. As a result, for the first time since Statistics Canada began collecting data, AB’s unemployment rate has actually surpassed that of Nova Scotia! Soon after the May 2015 election, the NDP hiked taxes on personal income, alcohol, tobacco, train fuel, & education property, & much more; & they doubled the existing big emitter carbon levy. Substantial minimum wage hikes have hit employers this year (& will again next year, & the year after that…); & as of January 1, AB’s will be clobbered with the $6 Billion carbon tax that the NDP failed to mention before they were elected. Then there’s that record $10 Billion single year deficit, with over $1 billion going to debt-servicing—every year! Sadly, there is much, much more. Fellow AB’s: is this the way you want AB to be? If not, will you let the NDP gov’t know how you feel?
L: Thank you--Rt Hon Stephen Harper--for all the incredible things you have done for Canada!
C: Sadly, we have lost an intrepid Albertan: fmr Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Norman Kwong. In my first year as an MLA, I was named “one of our most influential people” by AB Venture; & I was asked who influenced me…I immediately answered “Normie Kwong--for his inspirational accomplishments on the field, with his family, & across Alberta”! We will miss you, Normie!
R: An honour to be a special guest at the “Magnificent Men Leadership Lunch”--with Brian Burke--for the Canadian Centre for Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse…we must stop abuse of all kinds!
The NDP gov’t continues to choose ideology over families; & a short list of recent examples include
Top Left: From Sept 30 – Oct 2, I hope you celebrate AB’s diverse heritage, arts, & community spirit--during the Annual AB Culture Days--which our previous PC gov’t initiated almost a decade ago!
Top Right: I was pleased to participate in the 150 km Gran Fondo again this year; & as fmr PC Minister of Wellness, I encourage all AB’s to take care of themselves in whatever way they can. As Advocate for Advanced Education, also I salute the U of C for their inclusive new outdoor participation program!
Lower Left: It was an honour to support the Nathan O’Brien Home Run Derby for less advantaged AB kids!
Lower Right: Have a safe, happy Halloween, everyone! (Last year we went as the Stampeders, who are doing a great job giving treats to Calgary fans--& tricks to the rest of the CFL!)
Addressing the Root Causes of Illness
When our Progressive Conservative Caucus launched “ENGAGE”, we asked “how can we create a culture of increasing quality of life & improving health outcomes, while decreasing healthcare costs?”; & “how do we ensure that AB’s have access to the best quality health care system, while ensuring that costs are kept under control”?
In the past decade, national per-capita healthcare spending has risen 55%; & today, AB spends the second-most per-capita in the country; however, we are contracting chronic illness at unprecedented rates, regardless of spending increases! According to Kim Elmslie, Federal Ass’t Deputy Minister for Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention, one in four children & one in six adults over the age of 20 are obese or overweight…& obesity is a precursor for a wide range of chronic ailments such as diabetes, cancer, lower back pain, depression, & hypertension.
In AB alone, the total economic burden of chronic illness is at least $904 million--according to Professor Tapan Chowdhury--U of A Professor & author of the report “Chronic Disease Management & Primary Care in AB”. How can we continually spend more on healthcare, & still see steady increases in disease prevalence? Where is our return on investment?
When the Progressive Conservatives were last in gov’t, I truly appreciated the privilege of serving as the Assoc- Minister of Wellness. I was tasked with brainstorming programs & policies to help keep AB’s healthy, happy, & out of hospital…as much as possible. I was also responsible for designing actions that were positive, preventative, & proactive, in an effort to improve return on investment for healthcare spending. It was a tremendous honour; & we made great strides with the introduction of the most comprehensive document of its kind: “Alberta’s Strategic Approach to Wellness”…a framework that was the result of rigorous & comprehensive province-wide consultation. Extremely successful programs emerged from this consultation, including U-Walk, the Premier’s Awards for Healthy Workplaces, AB Workplace Wellness Summits, Int’l Wellness Symposia, the Tobacco Reduction Act, & many more.
Sadly though, since taking office, the NDP gov’t has been taking AB in the wrong direction on this file. The internationally acclaimed Healthy-U campaign, which educated AB’s on healthy lifestyles has been eliminated; & the AB Get Outdoors (“GO!”) Weekend--enshrined in legislation--was completely overlooked this year by this gov’t. They have deprioritized the issue of wellness by not assigning the file to a minister, & by letting all the world-leading work done by the previous gov’t fall by the wayside.
Despite all of this, my honourable PC colleagues & I will continue to implore this gov’t to concentrate on the root causes of illness, so that AB’s can enjoy a better quality of life--while reducing health care costs!
Please join Dave Rodney, MLA For his Annual Picnic
Sept 24, 11am-1pm
Fish Creek Park
The Six Billion Dollar Question the NDP Never Asked You During the Election:
Starting Jan 1, 2016, Albertans will be paying at least $6 Billion to the provincial NDP gov’t, in the form of a Carbon Tax—on gasoline, heating, & virtually every product purchased—but the premier never even hinted at this during the election! I am very proud of our PC caucus, who presented many well-researched, common-sense amendments, including an making it an accountable, Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax--which ensured the strength of the Tourism Industry & protected our forestry sector--with supports to help small businesses become leaders in addressing their carbon emissions. However, the gov’t used its majority once again to solely decide on the redistribution of wealth according to the NDP world view (their phrase, not ours).
Assisted Dying in Alberta:
To meet community newsletter deadlines, I submitted this article on June 10. At that time, the law of the land regarding Assisted Dying was extremely unclear. The Supreme Court made a ruling over a year ago stipulating that the federal gov’t must provide legislation--& the provincial gov’t must supply regulations--before June 8. Both the Liberals in Ottawa, & the NDP in Edmonton, failed to do either of those things. In my four terms of serving as your elected official, I have never seen such a legislative mess. Many suggest that it was a travesty of democracy that the NDP dedicated a mere 6 hours—in the last three days of our scheduled spring session—to this life & death issue. With humility, I have been told that I was the strongest voice to oppose the manner in which the NDP used its majority to slam this motion through the legislature. The speech I delivered (on what we used to refer to as “assisted suicide” or “euthanasia”) is the most passionate that I have delivered in the in all of my 12 years as your elected representative. I am very interested in your feedback on this crucial issue.
Raising Awareness & Funds for Soldiers Who Suffer from Post Traumatic Stress:
Our women & men in uniform literally put their lives on the line every day, in order that we may enjoy our freedom in this country. I was humbled to be asked by the armed forces--& the Calgary Health Trust--to lead a group of military representatives in an expedition to honour those who return from their missions with not only physical injuries, but emotional trauma as well. At the time of this writing, I was scheduled to bring a group of soldiers to the summit of Mt Buller—100 years to the month after the death of Lieutenant-Colonel Buller—who valiantly served the PPCLI.
Dave Rodney's MLA Café
May 14, 10AM - Noon
2525 Woodview Drive
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